Local health officials urge people to get measles vaccine

Teens with anti-vaxxer parents are asking Reddit for help getting secretly vaccinated

"We're always happy to see that there are no new exposure sites because that tells us that there are not cases out potentially exposing new people, so seeing no new exposure sites is always good news and seeing no new confirmed cases is also good news", Armstrong said.

Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, says the response would be immediate. The reason, according to an article in the Hartford Courant, is that the majority of Connecticut's population has been vaccinated. There were 11 suspected cases identified, according to a Public Health news release. Yale-New Haven Hospital is treating the two infected patients.

Maldonado said what is happening now is people are getting looser with getting vaccinations for their children.

The WHO said there are 17,298 reported measles cases in the Philippines from January to November 2018 alone, a huge leap from the 3,706 reported measles cases for the same period in 2017. More measles information can be found at a Centers for Disease Control website.

The reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines is popularly called by health experts as "vaccine hesitancy" - and this threatens to reverse the progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases. "If you are concerned your child may be developing measles, call your provider before going to a medical facility in an effort to prevent the spread of measles to vulnerable people within these facilities", he added. Two doses of the vaccine are about 97 percent effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93 percent effective. However, he said an older person with a weaker immune system could have a higher chance of a risky infection if not vaccinated.

"Measles is one of the most highly contagious diseases known", Sammons said.

Obviously, some people really shouldn't be immunized: Anyone who ever has had a life-threatening allergic reaction to the antibiotic neomycin, or anyone who's pregnant, or if you're ill when you're scheduled to get your shots.

Children should get the vaccine twice- once between 12 and 15 months old and the other from four to six years old.

Early on, measles can look like many other viral illnesses, but the red blotchy rash that comes with it may help set it apart. One patient received a vaccination against MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), but the health agency declined to provide more details on that case "to protect the patient's privacy". These are usually mild and go away on their own, but serious side effects and injuries are also possible. There are large measles outbreaks ongoing in both of those countries.

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